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Mr. Timothy ffl. Healy, 


The following extract is from Mr. Bradlaugh's National Reformer 
of March 12th, 1882 :— 

" The Mr. T. Healy, M.P., who sits for Wexford, has just come 
home from America in the Arizona. On board this vessel he 
pretended to be exceedingly friendly to me, and said that his opinions 
on religious questions did not much differ from mine, but that he 
represented a priest-ridden constituency, and was obliged to attack 

In the National Reformer of February 12th, 1882, there is a 
review of a book by Mr. T. M. Healy. The reviewer says : — 

" One of the most utterly unfair and dishonest books we have 
recently read is that of which the responsibility rests on Mr. T. M 
Healy, M.P., entitled A Record of Coercion, and pretending to be 
an accurate record of English votes on the Peace Preservation Bill 
and Arms Bill." 

The reviewer gives numerous instances of Mr. Healy's misstate- 
ments, all of which are characterised as dishonest, while in one 
<?ase the reviewer writes : — 

" A flagrant illustration of Mr. Healy's absolute dishonesty." 

About the end of March, 1882, Mr. Healy wrote as follows to 

the Freeman : — 

"Dear Sir, — A series of falsehoods about myself and my 
pamphlet, A Record of Coercion, made by above, have been copied 
into some Irish Tory papers, which some one has sent me. It is an 
excellent rule, to which I have hitherto adhered, to make no denials 
in the newspapers ; but I observe that any attacks upon objection- 
able Land Leaguers like myself obtain currency on the ground that 
' he never denied them.' Therefore, while very loth to notice any- 
' thing emanating from Mr. Bradlaugh, I avail myself of your courtesy 
to repudiate his offensive imputations. T. M. Healy." 

Noticing this in the National Reformer, Mr. Bradlaugh wrote 
as follows : — 

" If Mr. Healy means this for a specific denial of my specific 
statements — for I have made no imputations either offensive or 
inoffensive — then, so far as relates to his pamphlet, I am ready to 
prove each of my statements by Hansard. If he means his .denial 
to include my specific statement as to what happened on board the 
Arizona, I am ready to meet him face to face with, his own fellow- 



passengers on board the vessel, who are at present, fortunately, in 
England." (See National Reformer of date April 2nd, 1882.) 

Mr. Healy, it is almost needless to say, did not accept Mr. 
Bradlaugh's challenge. 


Speaking at Boston, America, December, 1881, Mr. Heal}- 
said : — " We believe that landlordism is the prop of English rule, 
and we are working to take that prop away. To drive out British 
rule from Ireland we must strike at the foundation, and that 
foundation is landlordism. . . . We wish to see Ireland what 
God intended she should be — a powerful nation. We seek no 
bargain with England. As the Master said unto the tempter when he 
offered Him the kingdoms of the earth, ' Begone, Satan ! '; so we will 
say unto them, 'Begone, Saxon! ' " — Irishman, December 24th, 1881. 

Again at New Orleans, January, 1882. " We wish to get rid of 
British rule in Ireland. Landlordism is the prop of that rule, and 
it must be abolished. (Cheers). We are engaged in a great 
struggle — the reconquest of Ireland." (Loud applause.) — United 
Ireland, February 4th, 1882. 

At the Parnell Banquet, Dublin, December, 1883. " They (the 
Irish people) could still fire back blow for blow and hate for hate, 
and so by patient enduring they could hope to establish in this 
country an independent Parliament." 

At Kilkenny, November, 1885. — " Let the people cast aside all 
personal dissensions, and let them have one enemy only, and that 
enemy the British Government." (Cheers.) — United Ireland, 
November 7th, 1885. 


Mr. Healy, in New York, February, 1882, said: — " But I would 
remind you that Mr. Parnell, in his Galway speech two years ago, 
explained the basis of this movement when he told the Galway 
farmers that he would never have taken off his coat in this move- 
ment were it not one with Irish Nationality for its object. (Ap- 
plause.) . . . This organisation is not for the enfranchisement 
merely of the farmers, or the labourers, or the artisans, or the 
merchants — we are going for the freedom of the entire population 
of Ireland." (Cheers.)— Irish World, 18th February, 1882. 


At Boston, U.S.A. — "We believe that landlordism is the prop of 
English rule, and we are working to take that prop away. To 
drive out British rule from Ireland we must strike at the foundation, 
and that foundationis landlordism." — Irishman, December 24th, 1881 . 

On the No Rent Manifesto, in Texas, January, 1882. — " Land- 
lordism is the prop of the British Government, and it is that we 


want to kick away. The struggle is for Irish liberty, and land* 
lordism stands between us and the glorious sunlight." — United 
Ireland, January 28th, 1882. 


Mr. T. M. Healy, at Galway, September 14th, 1884 : — " I say 
that a man who commits such a crime against his neighbour as 
taking a little plot of land that had been made profitable by the 
sweat of that neighbour's hands, and by that of his predecessors, is 
as much a thief in the sight of Heaven as if he had put his hand 
into your pocket." — Freeman, September 15th, 1884. 


At the National League in Dublin. — "You may argue, you 
may demonstrate, you may speechify, you. may assemble in your 
thousands, you may pass resolutions, you may send representatives 
to Parliament, but until the rattle of the slugs is heard on the 
roadside, the Prime Minister of England will not even take the 
trouble of investigating the ordinary facts in connection with the 
commonest grievances of our native land." — Freeman's Journal, 
October 1st, 1884. 


At the National League Meeting in Dublin, on 21st December, 

1886. Mr. Healy is reported : — " There are only something like 
10,000 police in the wmole of Ireland : there are something like 
500,000 tenant farmers — (hear, hear) — there are something like 
30,000 or 40,000 estates, and if the people are not mice but men — if 
they have any courage in them — if they think this is a struggle that 
is worth sacrifices — if they think that their land and their country 
is worth fighting for— I say they can easily resort, and they ought 
to resort, and I tell them if they are men they will resort — (loud 
cheers.)" — Freeman's Journal, 22nd December, 1886. 


Mr. T. M. Healey, at National League in Dublin, 26th October, 
1886. — " It is just as easy for these tenants to repudiate their 
purchase money by-and-bye, if too high a price is placed on them, 
as it is to repudiate their rackronts at the present moment." — Free- 
man's Journal report. 


At the National League Meeting, Dublin, on 18th January, 

1887, Mr. Healy said : — " 1 hold that no man is bound needlessly 
to get himself within the grip of the law. But I say this, that if 
the people at any time have the opportunity of crushing the carriers 
out of these evictions, and if I was there and was able to crush them, 
I would give the word, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy 
Ghost." (Cheers.) — Freeman' s Journal, 19th January, 1887. 


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The following Extract is also taken from Mr. Healy 's Speech at 
the National League Meeting in Dublin, on 21st December, 1886: — 

*' There has never been an instance in this country, we are 
told, where the Government has struck a blow, but the landlord's 
say with a sneer, the popular party did not pretend to rejoice at it. 
That is true, for there never was an instance in this country where 
the Government struck a successful blow and prevented the 
onward march of public liberties. The whole history of this 
country and of its success is the history of the defiance to the law. 
(Applause.)" — Freeman's Journal report. 


Addressing his constituents at Longford, on Sunday, the 
9th October, 1887, he said : — 

" I call upon you, men of Longford, here to day, to stand by 
your fellow countrymen in other parts of Ireland (Cheers.) This 
battle is now the battle of all Ireland. Press the landlords back, 
give them word for word, and if necessary blow for blow. (Great 
cheering.) And when you are giving them blow for blow remember 
the most fatal place to hit them is in the breeches pocket — 
(laughter) — and they cannot even say that your are hitting them 
below the belt. (Cheers and laughter). These are my last words 
to you. I may not have the opportunity of addressing you for 
some time again. I hope that while you are watching me that you 
will think that I am watching you — (loud cheers) — and that when 
the other counties in Ireland are stepping into line that I shall not 
see Longford lagging behind — (cheers) — and you will stand 
together one by another, believing that if you do Ireland is strong 
enough to put down this miserable crew of tyrants, and erect upon 
the ruins of tyranny the foundation of a free and prosperous 
nation. (Loud and long continued cheering.)" — Freeman's Journal, 
10th October, 1887. 


During the hearing of the case against Mr. T. Harrington, M.P, 
at Tralee, on 9th January, 1888, Mr. Healy appeared for J the 
Prisoner, and Mr. Morphy for the Crown : — 

Mr, Healy. — Oh, we know the terrors of the gaol ; we have all 
gone through imprisonment. 

Mr. Morphy. — As far as I can see you have taken great care to 
shelve it lately. — Times report.